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Lyft feature lets you choose from popular destinations of other riders nearby

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All dressed up and nowhere to go? Let Lyft decide! New feature lets you choose from popular destinations of other riders nearby

  • Lyft testing new feature  in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California
  • Let users see  and choose drop-off spots from other riders in the area
  • The idea is to let you know what is going on in and around your city 

Lyft is testing a new feature just in time for a Friday night out.

Called ‘Trending Destination’, you can explore your city by choosing from a list of popular drop-off spots of other riders.

These ‘points of interest’ include everything from bars to street fairs to coffee shops – letting you know what is going on in your area.

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Lyft is testing a new feature just in time for a Friday night out. Called ‘Trending Destination’, you can explore your city by choosing from a list of popular drop-off spots of other riders

Lyft is testing a new feature just in time for a Friday night out. Called ‘Trending Destination’, you can explore your city by choosing from a list of popular drop-off spots of other riders

For the select group of users, they should see ‘Trending Destinations’ beneath the bar where a destination is put.

The new feature, first reported by Mashable, is currently only available to Lyft members in Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, and there is no word yet about when it will be released to the masses.

But Mashable noted that the feature is set to be released to more cities in the future.

Trending Destination may not be available to everyone, but  Lyft has rollout another feature today.

The firm has partnered with several nonprofits to offer free rides for people that are beginning a new job.

With its newly announced Jobs Access Program, Lyft says it aims to help bridge a transportation gap that can prevent some people from holding steady jobs.

‘For the unemployed, reliable transportation to a job interview or to the first few weeks of work can mean the difference between successful, long-term employment and lost opportunities,’ wrote the company in a press release.

‘So we’ve partnered with several leading national and local organizations dedicated to workforce development in order to deliver free or discounted rides to people making their way through the employment pipeline.’

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Lyft's Jobs Access Program will give people in various stages of finding or beginning a job access to free transportation (File photo)

Lyft’s Jobs Access Program will give people in various stages of finding or beginning a job access to free transportation (File photo)

Among the groups Lyft’s program is designed to help are veterans, people with disabilities and people who live in low-income areas. 

Lyft says 44 percent of its rides start or end in  ‘low-income areas.’  

The program will cover rides to and from job training programs, interviews, and for the first three weeks of employment until a new worker receives their first paycheck. 

Partners in the program include United Way, The USO, Goodwill, National Down Syndrome Society, and more.

The program is being rolled out in more than 35 markets across the US and Canada. 

Residents in 34 counties across northern California will be eligible for two free rides of up to $15 in value if they are going to a power outage relief center (File photo)

Residents in 34 counties across northern California will be eligible for two free rides of up to $15 in value if they are going to a power outage relief center (File photo)

‘These partnerships are a critical lifeline for many communities and people with non-traditional work schedules, accommodating geographies and time periods that are often challenging to serve with traditional fixed-route transit,’ writes Lyft.

Lyft, much like its counterpart Uber, has come under fire in recent months after several controversies, including shortcomings on addressing sexual harassment by its drivers. 

A lawsuit filed in April also alleges that the company has failed to provide handicap accessible vehicles for customers in California’s Bay Area. 

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